Ecuador spent almost $1 million each year to host Julian Assange

Minnie Murray
April 14, 2019

On Thursday, Ecuador terminated political asylum of Assange, who had spent almost seven years in the Latin American country's embassy in London.

Within hours of police hauling him out of the embassy, the 47-year-old Australia appeared in court for breaching his British bail conditions back in 2012 and to face a subsequent U.S. extradition request.

Police bundle WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy into a police van in London after he was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody Thursday April 11, 2019.

"We will do everything we can to ensure that the prosecutors resume the Swedish preliminary investigation so that Assange can be extradited to Sweden and prosecuted for rape".

In the letter, the MPs and peers urge British Home Secretary Sajid Javid to "give every assistance to Sweden should they want to revive and pursue the investigation".

In May 2017, Sweden's top prosecutor dropped the long-running inquiry into a rape claim against Mr Assange, which he has always denied.

"We urge you to stand with the victims of sexual violence and seek to ensure the case against Mr Assange can now be properly investigated".

Following Assange's arrest in London on an unrelated US hacking charge, Clinton said that he should be held responsible.

After his dramatic arrest, Assange was taken to Westminster Magistrates' Court and found guilty of a British charge of breaching bail.

Despite this support, for Ecuador, which prides itself on its hospitality and spent nearly $1mn a year protecting Assange, his behaviour was seen been by some as a national insult.

Jeremy Corbyn has called for the UK Government to oppose Julian Assange's extradition to the USA over allegations that he conspired to hack into a classified Pentagon computer.

Speaking to the Guardian, Elizabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for the Swedish woman whose case remains without closure, said the news of Assange's arrest had come as a "shock" to her and her client.

The US Department of Justice has accused him of conspiring with former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to commit "one of the largest compromises of classified information in the history of the United States".

"We must send a strong message of the priority the United Kingdom has in tackling sexual violence and the seriousness with which such allegations are viewed", the letter says. People in power don't like that, so therefore we have to silence it. OK? He could be jailed for up to a year when he is sentenced at a later date.

Referring to Mr Assange, Lord Falconer said: "I don't think politicians should be saying he should or should not be... extradited".

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